In this Thrifting For Profit Podcast we discuss … Selling Clothing On Ebay with Steve Raiken.
Never in a jillion years would I have imagined that I would be selling clothing on eBay… but I am… and I really like it!
Steve Raiken of Raiken Profits is joining us today to share all his secrets and tips for selling clothing on eBay.
Of course… Charlene Anderson of Purveyor Of All Things Creative is helping me answer questions on the air and in the chat room.
Who IS Steve Raiken?
I first ran across Steve on YouTube. He has a ton of really helpful video’s on his YouTube channel – not just focused on selling clothing, but also sharing some useful tips for staying profitable, how to ship and researching. (About 275 videos so far).
You can also find Steve on Facebook here:
One year ago, Steve started reselling on eBay and started focusing on men’s clothing about 6 months ago – he is now proud to say that he is a full-time reseller. In addition to selling clothing on eBay, he also sells a wide variety of items on Amazon and Craigslist. Being a reseller is a blast and can be very rewarding at times; however, he does admit that it’s been quite the journey getting to this point.
Why Is Selling Clothing On Ebay A Great Business Model?
Istarted selling clothing on eBay about 6 months ago – against the advise of those that sell collectibles and antiques (which was my main focus of product sourcing). Much like sourcing books at thrift stores… clothing is abundant. It was overwhelming at first… but has become easier and faster over time.
I also find that shipping clothing items is super easy and fast! Love That!!!
Some questions for Steve:
Why are you hiring someone to help you list on eBay?
What is the “Employee Template” you are giving away on your Facebook page?
How do you manage your eBay business vs. your Amazon FBA business?
How Steve Tripled Is Sales On Ebay:
What Are The Pitfalls Of Selling Clothing?
Flaws that are missed when originally sourcing.
Prepping, Pictures, Measuring, Researching and storage…
I was taught that having the BEST pictures and a very professional template would help my sales on eBay. I believe that is true… BUT – I tried a little experiment.
- I listed 17 pairs of men’s shoes one afternoon using my phone.
- I still used the white background and great lighting… but I didn’t edit the pictures.
- The pictures are good – but not GREAT.
- I also listed without using a template (just listing the facts).
- Of course – I used great keywords and filled in all item specifics as well.
- I didn’t use the “make an offer” on most of them.
- I didn’t clean the shoes very much – just a good brushing to get off the dust.
In three weeks I’ve sold 9 pairs so far and only 2 of them with a best offer.
My theory is this: Get the stuff listed quickly. If they don’t sell – go back and update the pictures and the listing.
What Clothing Brands Should You Stick With?
I’ve spent a good bit of time researching brands to sell on eBay. Like all research – it takes a huge amount of time and is quite the learning curve.
In my past life I worked in Retail Store Management – and am comfortable with Men’s and Women’s clothing including Shoes… BUT – I didn’t work in a high end store. The best clothing to sell (most profits) are high end brands and this takes a bit more skill to weed out the junk. I always say “Source The Best – Leave The Rest”.
Well… Steve has created a guide for sourcing Men’s clothing that I wish I had last year! It would have cut my time and learning curve (and stop me from buying junk) over this past 6 months.
What I learned in this guide:
- Not ALL brands are created equal.
- What brands to look for – and what the labels look like. (with pictures)
- Rules of Thumb to determine – Lower End – Middle of The Road – Higher End – Brands.
What This Guide Is NOT
This guide does not teach you how to prep or list clothing. (I think a guide about “How to Sell Clothing On Ebay” should be Steve’s next guide)
Steve has a ton of videos that teach you about finding and selling clothing on eBay.
101 Killer Clothing Brands
Use the code – thriftingforprofit – for a 20% discount – THANK YOU Steve. 🙂
Okay… Have A Great Weekend and Profitable Sourcing!
That’s my story… and I’m sticking to it…
Next week’s show…. Replenishable Inventory – How To Keep Inventory In Stock
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